Category: Game Pro News

Dear Friends, Fans, and Purveyors of RPGs,

Many of you know that I have a web site called Sean’s Pick of the Day, where I regularly point out RPG products (and sales, and other special things) over the course of the week. At the end of the week, I collect those Picks on Friday and share them on EN World, arguably one of the most well-known and pervasive sites on the Internet for RPG fans.

Recently, I’ve been invited to expand my relationship with EN World, which I am excited and honored to do, and I’ve been included into the team of columnists that are currently working to build the recently-launched ENN (EN News Network). This is the first development to come out of our still-new EN World Patreon site, and there’s more planned.

Straight up, this is a chance for me to earn a bit more revenue for what I do. I want to be open and honest about that from the start; helping me with what I am presenting here has a direct financial benefit for me, as well as increasing the news and information that fans of gaming receive, and enhancing the promotional opportunities for creators and publishers.

With that in mind, I am reaching out to the community of which I am so proud to be a part of, and I am inviting you all to participate and help me (and my EN World colleagues) in a few ways:

  • If you are a publisher, please contact me about special opportunities for product and Kickstarter promotion. You can reach me at the usual email (seanpatfan [at] gmail).
  • News and Announcements: We have a special email address – news@enworldnews.com – where you can send anything you think is newsworthy or of special interest to the RPG enthusiast’s community. We want to know everything going on, so feel free to share anything you’d like. We cannot guarantee we will share everything we receive, but it’s a simple matter and a moment of time to make sure we have it in our queue. Note that I will be specifically re-broadcasting the various “ENN News Links of the Week” via Sean’s Pick of the Day, ensuring that this information gets even wider viewing and awareness.
  • Patreon Support: Of course, we’d greatly appreciate you become a supporter of our Patreon, and there are some pretty cool rewards. Those at the $5 level will get advance previews of special articles, and those who pledge at the $10 level will get a free PDF every month. Of course, the big deal is your helping us to bring you the most and best news and cool information every on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

I want to also point out that, with this new arrangement, I will be shifting how I promote Kickstarters. I will first announce Kickstarter (and other crowd-funding efforts) for gaming via news bites on ENN. Then, as per my statement above, they will come out via the ENN News Links on Sean’s Pick of the Day. So, yes, I still want to know about your Kickstarters—keep sending those links along, but feel free to use the news@enworldnews.com address now.

Thanks for taking the time to read, and for your continued support. I and my family (especially Riah, who I will be able to afford kibble for now) greatly appreciate it, as do all of my colleagues at EN World.

Sean Patrick Fannon

Riah wants more kibble…

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Heya, folks! Most of you know that I re-broadcast the Picks of the Day onto EN World at the end of every week (Sean’s Picks of the Week), and I’ve been exploring doing more on that site as part of my overall presence (and revenue) as a gaming professional. Along with Russ “Morrus” Morrissey, Chris Helton, Darryl Mott Jr., Angus Abranson, and Michael Tresca, I’m joining an effort to expand the site’s offerings to become one of the best sources of news, announcements, and discussions about RPGs in the world.

To that effort, EN World now has a Patreon page, and any support you give to that page goes directly into supporting us – the writers and content creators – who are a part of that effort.

Among other things, that means helping me buy more kibble for my rotten fur baby, Riah*

Thanks, and make sure you check out the cool things you can get for your support level!

EN World has been reporting on tabletop roleplaying game news for 16 years, since it was Eric Noah’s Unofficial D&D 3rd Edition News, and is one of the oldest and largest RPG communities in the world. We have a roster of columnists, including Russ “Morrus” Morrissey, Chris Helton (previously at Bleeding Cool), Darryl Mott Jr. (previously at Ain’t It Cool News), Angus Abranson (industry veteran who co-founded Cubicle 7), Michael Tresca (formerly of The Examiner), and Sean Patrick Fannon (of Evil Beagle Games). But we want to do more!

EN World’s news will always be free. This Patreon will allow us to expand our coverage. We want to cover ALL the tabletop roleplaying game news for you. Whether you are a fan of D&D, Pathfinder, OSR, Star Wars, Shadowrun, Cypher System, World of Darkness, Fate, Savage Worlds, Warhammer, Star Trek, or more, we want to have you covered. And for those topics we already cover, we want to do more of it, in more depth.

We believe that good reporting benefits and supports the hobby and the industry. 

That requires funding. EN World always pays its columnists. We want to bring you more articles from more columnists, providing the actual news (and not just the press releases) about your favourite tabletop roleplaying games. With your help, we’ll expand our coverage to be a comprehensive, one-stop location for all your RPG news needs. We’ll grow this into the professional, focused, journalistic publication that the RPG industry deserves! Our columnists are biting at the bit to be let loose and start working hard on keeping you informed.

We have a couple of initial milestone goals listed, but we have more in mind should we be fortunate enough to reach those! Podcasts, more reporters, reporters covering dedicated beats, maybe even a web-comic! But one thing at a time…

 

(*) – Rotten fur baby, Riah

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends and Fans of RPGs,

It’s time. It’s time to support a project that represents the very best of who we are and where we came from. A project that celebrates a fantastic mind and great human being, taken away from us far too soon.

It’s time to get on board with the Kickstarter for Aaron Allston’s Strike Force, a combination revival of his most important work in the RPG field and a tribute to a fine man and immense talent.

Take a look at the very first book ever published that not only described an established campaign – one of the most famous in superhero gaming – it showed us how to set up and run something that was more than a series of interesting fights and challenges. Through Aaron’s wisdom and words, we first learned how to really master the game and run a campaign.

This new edition not only includes numerous tributes to the man from industry greats past and present, it also dramatically updates his original work. Aaron always wanted to do a new version, and Michael Surbrook has done an incredible job taking the vast amount of added material Aaron had saved up and working it into this wholly new book.

Join High Rock Press, Evil Beagle Games, and a galaxy of gaming stars in celebrating this great man and good friend.

Be a hero, and join Aaron Allston’s Strike Force!

This is one of those times when I feel it’s very important to use the SPOD to get the word out about something important to all of us.

Dungeons & Dragons is all about creativity. For more than 40 years, the folks who spent the bulk of their time creating amazing adventures, those noble Dungeon Masters, did not have a convenient outlet to share them with the gamers who weren’t sitting at their table. You either had to raise money to publish a physical book or zine on your own, or convince a publisher you had the chops.

Now, the Dungeon Master’s Guild puts the power to share that creativity firmly in the hands of the DM.

The Dungeon Masters Guild is a collaboration between Dungeons & Dragons and our friends at DriveThruRPG, and it is designed to support and reward you – whether you’re an experienced DM or just starting out. Today, you can upload your creations to the DMs Guild website, as well as browse submissions from some of gaming’s most esteemed designers.

Read more of the news at my friends’ site – Flames Rising – or click to logo to go straight to the Guild page.

For everyone who’s been wanting a properly fairy-tale-themed adventure for their d20 rolling time, this one may just well be your Huckleberry.

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

Before you is a dark forest with trees rising as much as a hundred feet into the air. Foreboding and sorrow seem to emanate from within. Occasionally, shadowy creatures are glimpsed moving among the trees. Slow, plaintive howls echo among the dark branches as a cool wind begins to blow, as if whispering barely discernable words…

“She has returned. She has returned. She has returned.”

Shadows of the Dusk Queen is a Pathfinder Roleplaying Game compatible adventure for 8th-level characters that takes players deep into a forest out of a dark fairy tale, where a long-imprisoned fey queen has returned – and evil creatures are stirring.

Featuring full-color art by Brian Syme, Shadows of the Dusk Queen is great for groups who love dark fantasy adventure, or for GMs looking to shake things up by bringing a little fear to the table.

The whispers are getting louder. Do you dare take the forest path, and learn the secrets of the Dusk Queen?

One of our own suffered a Critical Hit recently, and this bundle is our way of trying to give him a hand up.

Jonathon Thompson, owner of Battlefield Press, lost his girlfirend a few days ago to an unexpected heart attack. Not only is this a devastating blow, but it is also an extremely expensive one. We’re going to help soak up some of that damage.

Almost $400 dollars worth of fantastic gaming products for a mere $30! From Shaintar and Suzerain to the world of the Tarnished Souk, and Tunse’al there are realms and adventures and add ons guaranteed to kick your game up a notch. Just take a look at the companies that have come together in suport of Jonathn in his time of need:

Stygian Fox, Savage Mojo, Rite Publishing, Rogue Genius Games, Miskatonic River Press, DSL Ironworks, Arc Dream Publishing, Applied Vectors, Obatron Productions, and Evil Beagle Games!

The entirety of the royalties from this bundle will help defray the unexpected costs of Tammy’s funeral.

So grab a bundle, step up your game, and help one of our community through a really rough patch. How can you lose?

Full Disclosure – I am not using my usual Affiliate ID with this one; it’s all for charity.

One of the many awesome products in this bundle –

Like the Hero Initiative for comics creators, the Roleplaying Game Creators Relief Fund is set up to help folks (like me, for example) who make RPGs for a living and have little-to-no support for their health care needs.

The Roleplaying Game Creators Relief Fund (RCRF) is a charitable organization founded to provide financial assistance to tabletop roleplaying game creators suffering hardship due to medical emergencies, natural disasters, and other catastrophic situations.

If you want to help make sure your favorite games continue to have awesome folks writing for them, this is something well worth your attention and support.

Today’s a day of Sean-related news, but since that’s my name on the masthead, I’m going to be OK with that.

Tomorrow at 7pm Central time, the ENnie Awards Voting Booth will close. At that time, hopefully, your votes will be counted with the others cast from around the world. The ENnie officials will tally them up, then prepare the Silver and Gold Awards for each recipient, to be announced at Gen Con “Friday, August 15 at 8 p.m. in the Union Station Grand Hall at Gen Con Indy (cocktail reception begins at 6:30 p.m.).”

I would consider it a personal favor if you would consider the following in your voting choices –

Best Aid/Accessory – Odyssey: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Campaign Management

From my friends at Engine Publishing

 

Best Art, Interior; Best Setting; Product of the Year – Deadlands Noir

Pinnacle Entertainment, my brothers and sisters in every way that matters.

Best Electronic Book – Shaintar: Legends Unleashed

From Humbly Grateful Yours Truly

Best Family Game – Camp Myth

From my dear friend, Eloy Lasanta and his Third Eye Games house.

Best Game; Best Setting; Best Writing; Product of the Year – tremulus

From Sean Preston’s Reality Blurs, without whom Shaintar would be nowhere near as wonderful.

Best Podcast – All Games Considered

Because they’ve always been so incredibly supportive, and because they helped me find Carinn

Best Rules – Shaintar: Legends Arise

This one would mean more than I can ever express, for so many reasons.

 

Best Website – Fate SRD

Because the guy who put it together, Randy Oest, is a fantastic GM who gave me a real introduction to the game that I thoroughly enjoyed.

 

 

And please don’t forget to vote for my friend, Kurt Wiegel, to once again be an ENnie Judge!

As well, Evil Beagle Games would greatly appreciate your vote for Fan Favorite Publisher.

Thank you for indulging this particularly personal Sean’s Pick of the Day.

Big News at Evil Beagle Games!

I am extremely pleased and excited to announce that Ross Watson (Accursed, Warhammer 40K Roleplay, Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, etc.) is now a partner in and the Managing Director of Evil Beagle Games. He’s been a dear friend and colleague for a decade and a half, and now he’s in charge of getting my ducks in a row and making us a real and productive publishing house.

Carinn Seabolt (already a Founder) steps up as our Editor-in-Chief, making sure all said ducks are correct and on target. As well, she’s making sure we stay on the right side of inclusivity and history as a company dedicated to quality and fun for everyone.

I am, of course, a Founder and now the newly-named CVO (Chief Visionary Officer). This is a perfect title for me, since the dream and vision of Evil Beagle Games is my dream and vision, and keeps me in a high-level role to help steer the company. At the same time, it takes me out of the day-to-day management stuff that – let’s be real, here – I am utterly terrible doing.

Ross has been at the head of some of the most important projects in gaming, and he’s also consulted with companies across the entertainment spectrum. He knows his stuff, loves Shaintar, and has some exceptionally cool ideas to add to the mix. We’ve already gotten off to a great start, and the long-awaited Kickstarter materials are now in full-development mode toward release (we’ve got some great announcement coming about those soon). We’re already able to see a future where other great talents in the industry can look at the Beagle as a house for their ideas.

Thanks to everyone for your continued belief in and support of Evil Beagle Games. The next few days, weeks, and months are going to be a very exciting time for us all.

~ Sean Patrick Fannon

Despite the bad news coming out of Microsoft, there’s good news for the Deadlands TV series that’s been in development. I’ll let Shane Hensley tell it from here –

Shane here.

Rumors of the Deadlands live action series’ demise, I’m happy to say, are greatly exaggerated.

It is true that Microsoft had a very large layoff today and closed what was called XBox Entertainment Studios. A number of projects are still in development with the exact same people, however, such as Steven Spielberg’s (Exec Produced) Halo series AND…

…Deadlands. Others will be announced one way or another in the days and weeks to come, I believe.

The shows may take on a different form than was originally envisioned, or they may be partnered with other networks as things are sorted out. And of course the project may still terminate at any time just like any entertainment project–that is always the case regardless of the parent company’s actions or focus changes.

Pinnacle and I offer our support to all the XBox staff who were let go and the creators whose projects were cancelled. We know what a punch to the gut that can be–we’ve been through it many times and will go through it many more, we’re sure. But we also know you will recover and move onward and upward with experience gained and lessons learned. These are unfortunate setbacks. They are not endings.

Now on to the positive news for Deadlands’ fans.

Meetings were held between the writer / director and the XBox exec and creative teams yesterday (July 16). Both sides report that it was one of the best meetings they’ve ever had, with ideas flying and enthusiasm high. The group is now working on the series’ outline and pilot revisions, and when we’re able and if things continue to move ahead, we’ll announce the writer / director and at least a little bit about the actual content of the series itself.

Thanks very much to all those who sent IMs, emails, texts, and phone calls to us to offer their support.”

“I ain’t dead, yet!”